you guys are pretty passionate about the right way to play the blues.  i just think that music is meant to be enjoyed and if possible move human beings in the right way.  everyone has there own pursuits.  if you want to play the blues just like  everyone else then that is fine, if that is what you enjoy.  if you want to play the blues like in you heavy metal band and play it your way then that is fine if that is what you enjoy.  we all have are different pursuits, my pursuit of just learning how to play some bill evans songs and write music with my band might seem stupid to you but it doesn't mean it is wrong or right.  that is so rediculous, to say there is a wrong way to play the blues even a wrong attitude it is your music  do what you enjoy.  for musicians, especially jazz musicians, we should try to have an open mind this isn't mathmatics it is music.  lets be accepting.  i do understand that the blues has a lot of historal significance and that should be respected.  a lot of the anti war music in the 60's i deeply respect just because of the passion and the understanding of history in that time.  but, that doesn't my band can't play "born in the usa" our way and with our style.  

i don't know, lets have open minds about other people are into and enjoy as music, there is not right or wrong.
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